Thursday, April 25, 2002

The accusations about Jenin are still breathless - and contain no clarifications or apologies regarding previous charges. Mary Robinson's UNHRC has issued a new report accusing the IDF of using "human shields" when searching houses or opening suspicious packages and interfering with ambulances. They also offer a number of Palestinian casualties (much higher than the one given by the IDF), and a number of Israeli casualties from the most recent wave of human Jihad bombings (UNHRC says 62, Israeli media has been saying - and showing snapshot photos - of more than 100). Details

They also criticize the IDF for damaging infrastructure and imposing curfews etc. - though it doesn't sound like they're much interested in whether the damage etc. was "inordinate". When it comes to judging Israel, the UN seems to think that war itself is a "war crime".

I'm wondering how they got to only 62 Israeli casualties... maybe that excludes casualties from shooting incidents, soldiers in uniform who were riding civilian buses, and foreign workers. The higher number of Palestinian casualties must derive from the number of people reported missing, and no doubt includes terrorists galore.

The "human shields" charge, as reported, is characteristically vague. They make it sound like the IDF dragged innocent people with them to (futilely) avoid getting shot at, but a closer reading suggests they required people to open packages that they were carrying.
Let's hear the facts first.

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